RJ: Camp Mend-a-Heart Offers Fun for Kids with Heart Defects

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Mazza, 15, has been going to the same camp, Camp Mend-A-Heart, since she was 9 because it’s the only camp that she and her family can trust to keep her safe.

Mazza has a contegential heart defect, which means she was born with an abnormally structured heart. Physical activities are difficult for her.

“I can’t run very far or very long, and sometimes it affects me when I am talking or I’m laughing,” Mazza said. “I get out of breath and it’s just not very fun.”

Congenital heart diseases are the most common type of birth defects in the United States. Nearly one in every 100 babies are born with them. Heart defects are also the leading cause of infant death.

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